Homemade Cleaning Products—Do They Work?

posted: 09/06/16
by: TLCme
homemade cleaning

You've probably seen articles flying around the internet with recipes for homemade cleaning products claiming that they're just as effective as store-bought ones. You may have even been tempted to try a few, but never have gotten around to it. They sound great in theory, right? A more affordable option to store-bought products, usually made out of all-natural staple ingredients. But do they work? I tried four of the most popular homemade cleaning product recipes and put them to the test. Here's what I found out!

DIY Glass Cleaner
This recipe calls for four simple ingredients: water (2 cups), vinegar (2 tablespoons), rubbing alcohol (1/2 cup), and essential oil (10 drops). It may sound too good to be true--but it's not! This recipe worked great with the help of a good spray bottle and a squeegee. I originally tried it with just a rag, but found it require a bit more manpower and left a few more streaks than using a squeegee. That said, this was super easy to make, and our windows looked crystal clear. Definitely recommend giving a try!

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
Another easy three-part recipe: vinegar (1/2 cup), baking soda (2 tablespoons) and essential oils (10 drops). I was excited to try this recipe out, since I use all-purpose cleaners for EVERYTHING--my kitchen counters, sinks, bathroom surfaces, coffee table, etc. While this recipe wiped away visible dirt and smelled great (I used eucalyptus oil), I didn't feel like it disinfected the surfaces the same way, or left that visible shine you get from store-bought.

Homemade Dish Soap
This recipe is slightly more involved than the previous. It calls for: boiling water, Borax (1 tablespoon), vinegar (2 tablespoons), liquid castile soap (1/2 cup), essential oil (10 drops). While this may require more time and ingredients, I liked it! It smelled great, effectively cleaned the dishes (especially when I used a double sided sponge), and didn't leave your hands feeling dry and chapped.

DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner
We're back to just three ingredients: white vinegar (1/2 cup), water (1 gallon), lemon essential oil (2-3) drops. This was super easy to make and smelled really good. With the help of a good mop, it cleaned the floors well, although I do think it lacks the shine of store-bought products.

Have you ever tried a homemade cleaning recipe? What worked for you? Leave us a comment to let us know your recommendations in the comments!